Is it a car? Is it a bike? Well, it’s a bit of both to be honest. Honda has finally unveiled its Project 2&4 that uses a legendary motorcycle engine and puts it into a completely road legal car. This is Honda’s response to the Ariel Atom and BAC Mono which are similar in concept in making a minimalistic road legal car.
The engine used in the four wheeler 2&4 is Honda’s 999cc RC213V MotoGP V4 four-stroke engine with a six speed gearbox. The engine has been modified and tuned to make it more road friendly, even though the 2&4 looks like something that belongs solely on the track. It hurls out a decent 212 brake horsepower at 13,000 rpm and a decent 87 lb-ft of torque at 10,000 rpm.
The design was born in Honda’s in-house Global Design Project competition and focuses on providing the freedom of two wheels on four. It was a celebration of Honda’s diversity in the automotive engine world as this giant provides engines to over 28 million people per year with products that include cars, bikes, boats and even yard tools. The 2&4 is a beautiful amalgamation of the automobile and the motorcycle.
The design has been inspired from Honda’s legendary track car, the 1965 RA272 and is a fitting tribute. The framework of the whole assembly has been made very visible purposely and the single seat is just inches above the ground, giving the driver freedom of a motorcycle while keeping the center of gravity as low as possible. This was important considering the fact that the 2&4 weighs in at only 893 lb which is a little over 400 kg.
The dimensions of the 2&4 are completely road legal at 119.7 x 71.7 x 39.2-in (3,040 x 1,820 x 995-mm). This idea was given life by Honda’s automobile design team in Wako and the motorcycle design team in Asaka by working in close collaboration. Full specs and showcasing will hopefully be done in next week’s Frankfurt Auto Show. But looking at the early pictures, we can safely say that it doesn’t matter if you love cars or bikes. When you look at it, all you want to do is sink in that racing seat and take this beauty for a ride into the sunset.